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I live on a 256kbps connection, because the 2MBPS ones have a download limit of 8GB/month. After that it’s Rs 1/MB. Companies which provide 8MBPS lines do not lay wire in my area. I live in the capital of India.
8MBPS connections have a download limit of 4 GB. FOUR GIGABYTES. How fast do you think you’ll go through 4 GBs on a 8MBPS line? And at what price? You can buy a Tata Nano with the yearly expense of a 8MBPS line.

Where is the 3G we were promised? Where is the cheap broadband? I hear companies are pouring money into providing high speed broadband (as opposed to what?) lines to villages in India. I would be grateful if someone provides “real” broadband to Indian cities.
I’m particularly pissed at flash video players. Let’s make the Youtube player the standard for other sites. Many people outside India might not have noticed, but over here here’s how we watch Youtube videos.

  1. We open the video page.
  2. The video starts downloading (it’s 256kbps after all)
  3. We PAUSE the video and let it buffer till it can buffer no more.
  4. Now we press PLAY.
  5. #FML

There are some players which do not buffer when you press pause. There are players who DO buffer, but when you want to watch the video again, they buffer AGAIN. The developers of these players need to be kicked in the junk. Twice. Don’t they know bandwidth here is more precious than Unobtainium?

Who exactly is sitting on all the bandwidth? Is this 1995? Lookey here what the other countries are surfing at: Chart of broadband speed, penetration, and price.
What’s your broadband story? Are you happy? Have you found a better option? Let’s hear it in the comments

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  1. 1
    | Balu | // January 18th, 2010 at 1:06 am

    I’m using Tata’s WiMax in Bangalore. 512kbps unlimited download scheme, and it’s god enough, as long as I’m the only one using it. If my roommates also using it then it’s just shot.. too slow, especially for multimedia

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    Sreeyesh // January 18th, 2010 at 1:25 am

    HAHA! Video buffering on youporn can be the worst torture EVER!

    On an other note, your comics has become like the “broadband”. How much longer will be be till the next piece? 2 weeks? 2 months? 2 years?

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    Kartikey // January 18th, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Kindly wreck vengeance.

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    Crimson King // January 18th, 2010 at 2:52 am

    I’m on an AirTel 2MBPS plan, at about 2500 per month. The speed is very good, about 250, and works well on Youtube and youporn (\m/). I do think it’s a little expensive. I don’t mind paying the same amount for an 8MBPS.

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    ad1t4a // January 18th, 2010 at 4:18 am

    People who stream Rick Astley videos over 256K do not deserve any better !Ha ha ha !!

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    Shantanu // January 18th, 2010 at 5:22 am

    But the excitement of anticipation while the video buffers.. priceless.! :D

    *btw all your crying characters have simultaneous tear-streams,no? Bubu and this mataji too* :D

    and yes, I suffer from a slow wireless broadband connection too.. but that’s because I live in a village pretending to be a city.. Jai Reliance!

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    Xacarob // January 18th, 2010 at 5:40 am

    My folks have a shitty overpriced internet connection, but i thought that was because they decided to move to a village in the middle of nowhere.
    I remember having airtel when we lived in delhi, 512 kbps i think. was decent.

    I have a 2mbps connection here, mostly because my roommate agrees that viewing porn should not be an ordeal, you need continuity, no pauses, it’s scary with pauses.

    but that aside, nice comic. Will there be an immediate sequel (like he pops into the loo and becomes captain broadband) ?
    or is this just a set up and intro story for a future character?

    finally: shouldn’t the practical moral police intervene?

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    Varun Shenoy G // January 18th, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I had a 2 mbps (MBPS = mbps) connection while in India and was loving it over my earlier 56 kbps dial-up. Now I am in the US of A with a 100 Mbps (Megabytes!) unlimited and still some videos need the buffering: People never get happy :P

    btw is there a sequel/prequel to this comic?

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    Iddy Albatross // January 18th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I got the Broadband connection back in 2003. That time, the speed I got was 256 kbps, unlimited. 6 years have passed, but that still hasn’t changed. In addition to the fact that any broadband connection that has a decent bandwidth comes with a “limited download only” clause, all major players have started incorporating the ridiculous fair usage policy to all their plans!

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    Vaibhav // January 18th, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I have a 512kbps sarkaari BSNL connection, and in my experience with ISPs, BSNL at least gives what they promise. 512kbps = 64KBps download which I get at any given time in the day. Can’t say the same about Airtel, very shifty speeds even in their 2MBps plans. My connection costs 1350 a month and its unlimited download of course. I even stream football matches, albeit average video quality ones, and I must agree that we need a little more bandwidth for HQ streaming.

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    Purvapar // January 18th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Lol! Kickass comic!

    Hi Saad,

    Yeah im actually happy with my net speed – altho the price im paying for it is ridiculous. you shud try it out

    its Tataindicom – some plan – unlimited download – 256kbs in the day – 1.5mbps at nights and on sundays (thats all I need coz in the day I’m at work anyway). it costs me 1300 p.m.

    lemme know if you find a better plan!

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    Aravind Jose T // January 18th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I’m craving for more and I’m always disappointed by the ISPs.
    On a 2MBPS BSNL connection with 5 GB limit for Rs.1000/- p.m. with night unlimited.

    But what I need is atleast 2mbps unlimited line.

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    Sam // January 18th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Ha ha! Excellent! Another fantastic comic! Broadband sounds rotten in India though I must say..

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    Sachin // January 18th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Right Said. Go anywhere in India, buy any ISP and the experience is same. As they say, you can change the road to destiny, but you can not change the destiny itself. I think, telcos are compensating the lower mobile by overcharging the net. As far as 3G is concerned, forget it till mid 2011. What can you expect from people (read Raja) who have secretaries printing their mails and giving a hard copy. Or does he have an email ID??

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    Our Delhi Struggle // January 18th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    You speak the truth, my friend. I would have to start downloading Youtube videos three hours before leaving work for the evening just so we’d have something to watch at home that night.

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // January 18th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    @balu: Yeah, I have a 256 unlimited and it’s the same. Problem is websites on the Internet have moved on from being 256/512 friendly. And I don’t blame them.

    @sreeyesh: This must be a universal problem, otherwise how would you explain the large amount of photo porn on the interwebs? Not that I have seen it, I heard it from friends….

    @kartikey: Let’s hope Captain BB has future adventures when 3G launches.

    @ad1t4a: Some watch Rick Astley willingly, but most have Rick Astley forced upon them.

    @shantanu: Yes. All my characters have opaque blue inner beveled tears

    @xacarob: Well Captain BB has the potential of becoming the first Indian Superhero with mass appeal but I only have this pose for him. And he’s always smiling (even when his mother sheds opaque inner bevelled blue tears). So it’ll have to be happy adventures only…
    But yes, the Moral police has not intervened for a long time. Let’s bring them back… and by let’s bring them back I mean, I’ll do it.

    @varun: “Some videos still need buffering”? Why not download torrents of your porn instead of watching HD stuff?

    @iddy: I got my 256kbps line about 8 years ago. I still have it. Yes, F.Our.L

    @vaibhav: Yes, it’s true. BSNL gives what it says. That’s why I still have BSNL/MTNL for the last 8 years. Problem is, the BROADer bands are too expensive. It would be hearbreaking if they didn’t deliever even the promised 256kbps :P

    @purvapar, aravind: See the problem with the “night plans” is that you have to manually switch off/reset the router at that time. This happens in MTNL at least. Otherwise your night connection gets billed. When you’re downloading multiple GBs/week you can’t afford to get billed @Rs1/MB. That would fuck you up real bad.

    @sam: It is.

    @sachin: Some govt dude does cannot use email. This surprises you? And this guy is in charge or whatever of telecom. This surprises you too? You are easily surprised my frand.

    @delhiStruggle: That would be a good strategy only if the connection didn’t reset abruptly every few hours. When you get back home in the evening, you’ll find 4 buffering animations.

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    Brainstuck // January 18th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Watching porn streams using Indian-Broadband has its ups and downs…

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    Kuna lGautam // January 18th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Atleast you people have 256kbps broadband provider in your area :| I’ve to stuck with BSNL EVDO which sometime become a nice 512kbps connection and soemtimes become a 56kbps connection . Plus I’ve to dance with USB Dongle to get max signal strength :|

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    Aditya Raghuwanshi // January 18th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    btw Airtel does offer an unlimited 2 MBPS plan which I use. but ya…the idea of waiting for youtube videos to load is truly mind numbing…its the reason aliens don’t land here…there’s virtually no connectivity

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    Rohan // January 18th, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    But wait. Are you saying that PAPAJI IS DEAD???

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    Aftab Ahmad // January 18th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Very good. A hammer on ISP providers.

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    alok // January 18th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    great comic…i totally agree with you…i too have the 256kbps unlimited(thankfully) plan… but simply hate to watch videos…i simply download them and watch later…

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // January 18th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    A clarification: This comic is from another universe where Papaji is dead. In our universe he is alive and whining. DO NOT PANIC!

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    @nb42 // January 18th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/techbeat/archives/2009/10/finland_broadba.html

    In an alternate universe, 1Mbps is part of the UN Charter as well.

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    Rohit // January 18th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    This comic would have been much better in all Bollywood-style-hindi.

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // January 18th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I try to keep it in English, but yes it would’ve been great in that. Also in TV serial style special effects and camera pannings. :D

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    Ganeshvel // January 18th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    the whole world or to say the developed world are running in more than 10Mbps. we Indians here r running in crap..512Kbps. and we quite a lot for that shit. also.

    ISP’s suck they should flush there head.

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    chandan // January 18th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    isps need some solid competition as happened with mobile prices then only those idiots give more speed to customers

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    Numerounity // January 18th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Very True. Irrespective of the service you buy, the speed alwats remains the one competing with bullock cart. Bufferring is such a pain.

    I use a supposedly “unlimited” broadband-256kbps at Rs 381 per month. I barely use in evenings to surf net or blog or play farmville, the speed puts my local turtle to shame!

    Sigh…

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    Numerounity // January 18th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I by the way am using the local mafia services [hee hee] wishnet broadband.

    All I can wish is that if they are little more prompt in service and speed. It would not hurt. If they are half the fast in their service as they are in collections, my broadband exo may change:)

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    Xacarob // January 18th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Before you pan india for its tardy broadband rates/speeds:

    http://www.att.com/gen/general?pid=11575

    only difference being the lack of download limits.

    that is for dallas, texas.

    it’s worse due to the fact that after years of business they’ve divided the metroplex amongst them, so that the place i’m in now, i can only get at&t.
    shitty service?
    no problem.
    just suck it up.
    100 mbps? at home. dude.

    @saad: yay! :)

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    Darshan // January 18th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Not as good as usual. BTW, you should start letting your fans become characters in your comics. How bout letting us upload our own photographs?

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    Arun // January 18th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    BSNL – Dosnt work in my area
    Tata Wimax – Breaks down once a week or once in 2 weeks
    … so i bought .. Photon Plus … the horror .. the horror !!

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    Rafiq Raja // January 18th, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I have the 512 KBps unlimited connection from Airtel, costin 1100, and consider it as descent enough, with untroubled connectivity.

    But, let alone I agree streaming videos on net, is the exact same steps as you listed. Sites like dailymotion, which starts streaming once it completes over, is a Pain in A**.

    I only could wish those 4 MB + connections I had when I was out of India…. people used to download a movie, and see and delete it, saying that they can always download it back in minutes…. here i consider everything downloaded as a relic piece, often piling up my hard drive out of no space :)

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // January 18th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    @darshan: Allow people to send in other people’s photo is a legal/ethical nightmare. At least with my own photos I know owns the photos. If you are cool with YOUR photos [of you/shot by you] being used, feel free to send them in :D Always need more characters.

    @rafiq: Exactly. EXACTLY. You feel the pain I do. I too have these relics…

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    Sabbah Haji // January 18th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    That’s twice I’ve read ‘Unobtanium’ in a day. Woo hooo!
    Well done, saar. Ma’s fury look was devastating. Kick-ass, like to say mins.

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    Sabbah Haji // January 18th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Heheheehee. And one cannot forget beautiful detailing like ‘Never gonna give you up…’ and triple exclamations for buffering 3:26. Classic common man angst.

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    Vikas SN // January 18th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Hehe! Awesome Comic as always!

    I recently upgraded to 1MBPS Plan on my BSNL connection and I can finally watch youtube videos without any buffering time :D

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    Hitesh // January 18th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    to all those who have struggle with buffering “muhahaha”

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // January 18th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    @hitesh: DAMN YOU!!! WE ALL DIE ONE DAY! Don’t forget that!!!! X(

    Just because we have 256kbps does not mean we’re sub-humans!!

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    Krish Ashok // January 18th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Strange. I use an Airtel 1 Mbps connection in Chennai (Rs. 1499 p.m) and I can watch youtube videos without the need to pause and buffer.

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    Aditya Dipankar // January 18th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Hillarious!

    #FML?

  43. 43
    Saad Akhtar (Author) // January 18th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    @aditya: Fuck My Life
    There’s a site and everything

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    Kaavish // January 18th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Captain Broadband must follow the footsteps of DoCoMo San and break the cartel monopoly system if 8Mbps connections are to be made available in unlimited plans. Interestingly some like Reliance do claim to be unlimited but with a tiny asterix that states FAIR USAGE CLAUSE: ONLY 10 (OR WHATEVER THE AMNT) Gb DOWNLOAD PER MONTH …..Fair Usage my foot….

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    Anant Dixit // January 18th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I had to refresh 7 times for this page to come up… :C

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    parth // January 18th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I study at IIT-B i usually get download speeds of around 4MBPS yeah MBPS not mbps.. lifes good…

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // January 18th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    #parth: One day you will pass out. :D I will come and mock you on your convocation day… Welcome to the rest of the world, it sucks

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    shyam // January 18th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    i think deepika has the answer to your problem.
    (bsnl 3g is supposedly THE thing)

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // January 18th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    @shyam: Yeah that… Have an Airtel phone and Garuda sounds like something you cough up after a wild night out. Or is it Magic Dolphin or something?

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    Pawan // January 18th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I use a 192 kbps connection, which by God’s grace gives me a measly 20 kb/s download speed. Torrent take 13 hours and as for you tube videos? I just download them, it’s easier than buffering :)

    I still dream of the day when movie can be downloaded in a second. I guess my grandson’s will see it.

    Good comic :D

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    Jinesh // January 18th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Simply hilarious. Was having an office discussion about the same thing today. Crappy ISPs in India.
    Love the comic. Looking forward for more. Cheers! :D

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    miss the dialups // January 18th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    haha same situation over here. I use an upto 2mbps line with a minimum guarantee of 256 kbps and it never goes beyond the minimum even at 4 in the morning. Stop buffering so much u guys.. talk about fair usage policy.. hahahah

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    MataHari // January 18th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Your guys are really spoilt brats ,Complaining over the speeds

    I have Firefox and using Net over mobile connection and its very usable

    when you block all the images … Earlier had Airtel 512Kbps , and boy was it fast

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // January 18th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    @mataHari: Well you see the thing about the websites in 2010… they have nice graphics :) I like shiny graphics and occasionally the videos.

    If I strip off Windows from my computer and run DOS. It would be blazingly faster that what it is right now…

    But about the mobile connection. I used to run torrents on my phone (Windows Mobile) and got about 4-5 GBs per month. Although it drains the battery like crazy and makes your mobile a landline. But was free.

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    indresh // January 18th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    my mobile youtube app buffers without a pause. using airtel gprs. nokia E71. but then the mobile videos are compressed for small screen

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    Dr Ankur Rastogi // January 19th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    I am using BSNL EVDO. It is unlimited plan with Rs. 650 pm, but now they hv hiked the rates to 999 pm.
    Max Speed promised is 2.1 Mbps. Some say it is unofficial 3G. Biggest advantage however is free all India roaming. No auto disconnection is added advantage.

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    Vishal Agarwal // January 19th, 2010 at 12:51 am

    hi i’m using airtel broadband 8 mbps speed with 50 gb download limit, and Rs. 0.40 per mb after that for Rs. 2999. Seems pretty reasonable to me … Tata’s laying a broadband connection in my complex in calcutta and they’re offering an “upto” speed of 100 MBPS !!! and at not too unreasonable a rate too … if i’m guessin correctly its less than 4500 per month, with a download limit of 10 GB (now that sucks)

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    Nitin // January 19th, 2010 at 2:10 am

    I run a 384kbps Tata Indicom connection. Runs fairly decent. On all days it doesn’t rain. I live in Kerala. #FML

    Worse is the tech support offered by the company. Linking to a conversation I had with one of their customer care executives/call center monkeys http://3.ly/q2Ty

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    Random Dude // January 19th, 2010 at 2:12 am

    The old monk sat on my face and sprouted a Pepsi can from his eye.

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    Nitin // January 19th, 2010 at 2:15 am

    I run a Tata Indicom 384 Kbps line. Runs fairly decent. On all days except when it rains. I live in Kerala. #FML

    Worse are the customer care execs/call center monkeys they employ. Linked to one of the many conversations/voluntary-eye-jabbing-sessions I’ve had with them.

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    Arvind // January 19th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Definitely dude! ISP’s in india suck. Wish CB can block them off!! (-_-)

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    AB // January 19th, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    hehe… Internet Grannys!

    256 KBPS here as well :(

    and why do those idiots claims it to be KBps when its kbps!

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    Santosh // January 19th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    First-time commenter. Love the comic, hate its sporadic nature. As to today’s – We want a sequel!
    And I have an Airtel 2mbps plan, works out to about 250-260 kB/s torrent speeds. Good enough, I think.

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    Abhilash // January 20th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I have the Airtel 512-unlimited plan 60 to 70 kbps download speed. The caps on bandwidth are a real pain. I hate it I say, HATE IT!

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    Tastemaster // January 20th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Today’s broadband is better. My company had a auto logout website we had to use. I’ve used a net connection so slow that the website used to auto-logout before the page loaded! #FML

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    Debiprasad // January 21st, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Few days back I had to use a limited connection for a week and I just got fucked up while saving downloading bits. Regarding the speeds – 256 kbps unlimited and 512 kbps limited, both works around 150 kbps.

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    varun // January 22nd, 2010 at 8:15 am

    ya i no india has some bad broadband schemes bdut there are some isps who give superb services…

    i have 2mb day n 4 mb night plan n its unlimited download @ rs 900

    hehe :D i download 16 gb every night n sometimes my speed increases to 28mb n then i get download speed of 3.5 mb =D add me on orkut if u want

    search for prince varun on orkut

    n varun barve on facebook

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // January 22nd, 2010 at 9:42 am

    @prince varun: Is this one of those plans where you have to manually turn the router off/on to switch to night tariff? Otherwise all your night downloads get billed?

    Which service? I can’t get Airtel where I live..

    OMG! Are you really a Prince?? :O

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    Srinivasan // January 22nd, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    This might have been accurate as recently as 2005 but doesn’t make sense now. Broadband is here, indeed pricier than in developed nations but not absurd 90s-esque leased line rates either. It’s well within the reach of most consumers even call center workers. If you really value the internet pay up. You can’t compare it with television really; even if the downloading of pornography is the sole purpose of an internet connection the sheer volume of content available makes it worth very dime.

    @Saad I would recommend the reliance netconnect broadband+ plan for you. 15GB ~3mbps Rs.1200/1800/mo.

    Tata Indicom offers 100mbps residential connections for about Rs.20,000/mo within Mumbai I believe.

    And while we catch up with the US; Japan, Hong Kong & Sweden are rolling out 1gbps residential connections. Facepalm…

    PS: There are sound economic reasons as to why bandwidth is so fucking expensive in India. It can’t be helped the way things are now.

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    Saad Akhtar (Author) // January 22nd, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    @srinivasan: I’ve heard nothing but bad words about Reliance/Tata internet thingys. All I’m saying is something like a 2mbps unlimited should not cost more than Rs1000/1500… most people would be happy with that (I would). For premimum users/heavy duty porners/gamers.. well they can get 8MBPS if they want and are willing to pay.

    But 256 for a starting connection? It’s just painful. And not just for porners.

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    Vishal Agarwal // January 22nd, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    @saad I had the reliance netconnect stuff and reliance as a service provider in any field sucks (atleast per my experience). Thus surrendered it and got a Tata Photon Plus and thats definitely working fine.

    I download a lot of american and british television shows. Currently have an 8 MBPS line with 50 GB free download for Rs. 2999 which i think is very reasonable.

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    debdarsan // January 22nd, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    As long as the internet connection speed goes I’m still waiting (patiently) to experience the same I used to back in 2005 in US. We Indians are known for our patience, aren’t we? If I could kick some ‘backs’ – I’d have made sure, those were the last ones they experienced! Grrrr……
    The ‘unlimited’ plans have ‘unlimited’ means to keep you ‘limited’. Period.

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    Rover // January 23rd, 2010 at 6:11 am

    @Author and Sabbah Haji
    Just out of curiousity, was Unobtanium from Avatar or TV Tropes?

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    Srinivasan // January 23rd, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I’m using the reliance thing now and it works very well in my apartment. Indeed there are patches throughout the city where it doesn’t work well, it’s really hit or miss; if it does work you get full 3mbps as advertised. It’s because of network coverage issues and proximity to the nearest tower. I suggest trying someone else’s card in the location(s) you intend to use it the most and if it works you can definitely go ahead and buy it.

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    rr // January 24th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    fyf rocks..
    this d/load limit is fuloshit
    maybe they cud cross-sell usbs, ahrd disks, etc with unltd d/loads.

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    Akhil // January 25th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Guys,

    Stream all your videos in office and watch it at home. :)

    PS: Only if u get a company laptop.

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    Sorcerer // January 27th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    haha..Awesome dude..awesome

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    Stupidosaur // January 28th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    This is a spam comment.

    BSNL EVDO! 2MBPS USB Wireless! Unlimited Download! Only Rs 650/- pm!
    Yazooooo!

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    Vivek // January 30th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I know what you have been through and tend to agree that broadband internet as a whole is a bastardized concept in India. There have been promotions that have claimed broadband schemes to be 115 kbps (bits)!!!

    I,however, have been blessed. I made a decision to use YouTele (previously Iqara) and havent looked back. I started with a 256 night unlimited and soon moved to a 24 hour unlimited plan. Internet prices have definitely fallen. I now use a 1 mbps plan from YT that is exceptional. I get close to 110-120 kbps (bytes) while downloading and find my data transfer in a month to exceed 200 gb :D And I end up paying 1400 a month – a steal!

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    humdum // January 31st, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    HI I am regular visitor of your website. i request it to make it more easily navigable!!!

    Like this one http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php

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    samer // February 1st, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Saad,
    Here in korea, i download full movies in 5 mins. In india on Tata broadband i had to keep it whole night. the cost is around Rs15000 for 30Mbps. And no limit. I just enjoy here in korea for downloads.
    India is so backward and its really shame on the ISPs and the government.

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    almostinfamous // February 5th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    dear all who want fast broadband to download movies/tv shows – you’re getting it free, ffs at least have the patience to wait for it!

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    Joel // February 9th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Though I’m in absolute love with my 15Mbps connection, it absolutely hurts me to see my fellow brethren in so much pain.

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    Mahasweta // February 9th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I experience videos on my “broadband” exactly the same way !!!
    great job :)

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    Gaurav // February 12th, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Good stuff. Anyone who says broadband in india is ‘good enough’ is a moron. I have a 512kbps connection myself and it’s a pain. You have to literally plan downloads around it.

    “Oh, I want to watch xXx on the weekend, I better start downloading it this thursday.”

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    TTG // February 18th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Me slightly confused…
    If you live in Delhi, you can get a 2 MBPS unlimited connection – have been able to for about 6 months now…granted it’s a little pricey at rs. 3000 / month… but it’s available. I use it – never had a problem with it – and it’s purty fast…

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    Vaibhav // February 22nd, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I do not know from where did you got those statistics…just for your info India ranks amongst the best in the world in terms of ICT technology and costs of usage. What India lacks is Broadband penetration.
    I used Airtel Broadband in Bangalore and the speed was really good and at such cheap prices 2MBPS unlimited for 2200Rs per.
    I lived in Portugal and the speed was good there as well but I really doubt the costs in the graph.
    Also now I live in Canada and the Internet here SUCKS. and to inform about the costs … there is not a place in Canada where you can get 1Mbps unlimited for a month at $6.5
    Rogers (biggest ISP in Canada) charges $25.99 + Taxes for 500/256Kbps 2 Gb monthly usage.
    Check out the link … http://www.rogers.com/web/link/hispeedBrowseFlowDefaultPlans
    And do not even try to compare the Prices for mobile broadband or USB Internet Stick in India and Canada.

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    arpit goel // March 16th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    very good yarr.This comic was needed.They shud have a kick on teir butts.

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    Bicentennial Man // March 27th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I guess I happen to be one of the luckier ones. Here in Kolkata, local ISPs like Alliance and Wishnet offer much better deals than BSNL, Airtel, Reliance, Tata Indicom or any other ISP in India. I used to subscribe to BSNL’s 2 MBPS Hone 500 Plan but the 2.5GB monthly bandwidth limit was a real pain. Almost every month I would cross that limit and end up paying a massive bill. Also, BSNL broadband doesn’t work without a landline telephone and it’s an extra cost since I don’t need it.

    This had to stop as it was not viable. So I got rid of BSNL after using their services for 3 years. I thought of Airtel next but their prices are absurdly high even for low bandwidth limited plans. I steered clear of Reliance and Tata Indicom as they are thieves and never give you the promised speed.

    So I signed up with local ISP Wishnet. I get 510kbps Unlimited for Rs.550/-. You can also change plans every month without any problem. In any month, if I decide to download huge number of movies or games, I just give them a call and upgrade my plan to 2 mbps Unlimited @ Rs.2000/- for that month and download like crazy. Only problem with these local ISPs is their horrible service and non-existent customer. During the initial couple of months after signing up with them, I faced lots of problems regarding frequent disconnection and server downtime but now I have been using their services for 6 months and everything seems to be OK.

    Only other remaining problem is whenever there is power-cut, there would be no internet connection as Wishnet doesn’t have any power backup system. It’s a huge problem since where I live, power cuts range from 8-10 hours daily and sometimes even more and we depend heavily on generators and inverters. But I am still happy with the arrangement because its better than anything I had before.

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    Abhi // March 28th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    India is at the worst stage in terms of Internet Speed than other nations, better ISPs start giving more importance to broadband instead of their mobiles and 3g and all those stuff, how much longer can we wait for true Internet broadband speeds, real Internet broadband is only when it’s 12Mbps Unlimited and above@ below Rs.1500 per month, it’s already high time enough is enuogh, India needs to progress and make a broadband revolution in this decade.

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    Abhi // March 28th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Internet in India sucks big time, When I was in France I used to get 20Mbps unlimited connection for 21.99 euro per month with satellite tv and phone, ISPs in India should really start taking broadband market seriosuly and start providing true high speed Internet, it’s already high time enough is enough.

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    Abhi // March 28th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Internet in India sucks big time, When I was in France I used to get 20Mbps unlimited connection for 21.99 euro per month with satellite tv and phone, ISPs in India should really start taking broadband market seriosuly and start providing true high speed Internet, it’s already high time enough is enough.

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    Abhi // March 28th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Internet in India sucks big time, When I was in France I used to get 20Mbps unlimited connection for 21.99 euro per month with satellite tv and phone, ISPs in India should really start taking broadband market seriously and start providing true high speed Internet, it’s already high time enough is enough.

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    Abhi // March 28th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Internet in India sucks big time, When I was in France I used to get 20Mbps unlimited connection for 21.99 euro per month with satellite tv and phone, ISPs in India should really start taking broadband market seriously and start providing true high speed Internet, it’s already high time, enough is enough.

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    Jagdish // April 7th, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Hey… I think the Public Sector units dont cheat you. I am using a BSNL EVDO Wireless mentioned 2.4Mbps for Rs.990 per month inclusive taxes. It actually gives 1Mbps, considering my monthly download volumes are to the tune of 250-270 GB. And I dont live in a city, a small village near Nashik, Maharashtra (adgaon)…

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    dsriharsha // April 26th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I am going to miss my campus LAN like crazy when I pass out (in a month from IIT kgp)..
    Lan download speeds at around 15MBPS and Internet downloads at about 4-5 MBPS(thats bytes, not bits)..

    what am I gonna do :( Motivates me to do a Phd just so I can stick around a university campus for a few more years

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    Orchid // May 27th, 2010 at 12:21 am

    oh man yoo crazy…love how yoo unfold a story with the slightest excuse…keep them coming!!!

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    Feynman's Bitch // May 31st, 2010 at 10:25 am

    You just want a page with a 100 comments, don’t you. You greedy fuck :|

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    Feynman's Bitch // May 31st, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Aaand 100. You’re welcome.

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    Nilesh // June 15th, 2010 at 1:47 am

    I have 256Kbps BSNL with 2.5GB for RS: 500 p/m
    I was all happy until one day, when i visited UK.
    I cam across 10Mbps connection in PG room with unlimited plan, after few months i came across 25Mbps connection (ofcourse unlimited only).

    recently i saw pg house in London with 50Mbps connection.

    GOD its high time, India cant be this poor :|
    Google is planning 1Gbps line and we Indians are just no where around (mind you this is not only about internet)

    I feel awfully sad reading these post while I am still in UK and enjoying the true broadband Internet the world has ever seen :)

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    Kautilya // July 21st, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Good comic about Broadband speeds. Really Broadband in India sucks as hell. I had a cable connection when I was in Hyderabad. They provided 1 mbps unlimited connection for 1000 bucks. It was pretty good and with good customer service. My downloads were around 100 – 150 GB per month.

    At home I have a BSNL connection, night unlimited. The speeds are quite good at sometimes, but sometimes very bad.

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    Suraj // July 28th, 2010 at 1:02 am

    thts totally correct.. i use spidigo(the new net provider) lol

    it sucks even more.. check out my blog
    http://freakintheplanet.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/spidigo-internet-service-sucks/

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    Sundeepvarma // July 30th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Korea is going to upgrade their 100mbps speed to 1gbps in 2012 . Is our country in stone age

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    Hanso // July 31st, 2010 at 12:34 am

    I have 3 canisters of weapons-grade LHC churned Unobtainium. Will trade for a 8MBPS line with Unlimited bandwidth.

    No?
    How about just 50GB? Please… please..?

    Someone?

    You could run 17 nuclear power plants with the stuff I’ve got..

    I just want to play Halo.. online.. without lag. Once. Just once. I’m a gamer.. and I haven’t played Halo without lag. It’s like.. being a non-vegetarian.. who’s never tasted crab.

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    netizen // September 18th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Most people want faster broadband so they can download pirated movies and TV shows. What we need in addition to faster broadband are:
    1. HD Channels in India that air TV shows the same day they air in the US
    2. DVRs to record these shows (planning your daily schedule around TV shows is so passe)
    3. Services like netflix.com that let you rent legal DVDs for an unbelievably small monthly fee.
    I know we have seventymm and the like, but the monthly fee is just too high….

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    !! GavvY SingH !! // November 25th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I Use Bsnl BroadBand 15/mbps Unlm Plan

    Fast Speed Bsnl BroadBand Trick

    Click = Start = Connect To = Than Right Click Your Local Connection Modem = properties =Networking =

    Internet Protocol (Tcp/Ip) Properies = Click Use The Followin DNS Server Assresses

    Preferred DNS Server 208.67.222.222

    Alternate DNS Server 208.67.220.220

    Than Click OK And Close

    Now Restart Your Computer And Use Fast Internet Service..!!

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    Shantanu Tushar // December 1st, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Man, I had visited Finland few months back, maaan, that was Internet there. In India we put youtube to the lowest resoultion possible and let it buffer, there people put it to maximum and see it instantly.
    Download speed? When I was downloading some videos, the speed I saw in a hostel at Tampere, Finalnd was 2000 KBytes/sec (which translates to 16Mbps), and the speed at an office was 6000 KBytes/sec.
    One of friend said – I’ve got my new house, cleaned it up, put the things arranged, now all I need is a Finnish ISP.

    (Oh and btw, 4G? Ah, we’ll get it after the next xG scam ;)

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    tera patrick cream pie // December 30th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I have studied a few of the articles on your blog, and I genuinely like your style of writing. I added it to my bookmarks blog site directory and will be coming back in the near future.

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    Seshadri // January 1st, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    I was in Germany for 2 years and I was using a 6MBPS connection, shared b/n 3 more colleagues in the apartment. Never I saw any buffering for any (really any) video site. I am back now and feel like in hell. Why these people are controlling internet speeds like this? Man really our ISPs greed never dies and never our country can be saved.

    Countries like finland, korea offer people with highest speeds of ingternet. What the f**k our government offering???? shit!!!

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    Anurag // April 24th, 2011 at 7:41 am

    hahahaha your writing style was hilarious…. :) tried every kind of internet optimizer but nothing speedens up my piece of shit mtnl connection. when i hear about people in the US,Europe,Japan etc talking about their download speeds…i burn with jealousy….how frustating it is just waiting for a stupid download to finish-like a full day! ours is a cheap country and itll take probably a century before we come out of this stone age….

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    Rishabh // April 26th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Come on indian ISP’s it’s really high time we should get real “Broadband” in india at affordable rates…

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    Ankit // April 26th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Its been almost 10 years since BSNL started broadband in India and if you compare the broadband plans offered now and back when it started, you would realize almost nothing has changed in 10 years.

    The price may have dropped a notch for certain plans but overall, no real improvement in infrastructure which in turn means no high speed plan with unlimited BW have been introduced. Its still the same old 2 mbps plans with ridiculous BW caps and 256/512 kbps unlimited plans.

    Judging by the fact that no improvement has been made in close to decade, its quite obvious that high speed internet in India is still a dream and will be for the next 100 years probably. Due to lack of competition, the price isnt going down much either.

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    Rahul Patil // June 7th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Ok i dont want to make anyone feel that iam trying to show off.I live in ukraine since 6 years and i will be going back to india permanently in one month and iam worried that i wont be able to get the internet speed iam used to in ukraine..
    I get 10 mbps internet unlimited download for just 400 rupees every month!!!!
    There was also an option of 100 mbps for 1000 rupess per month! My download speed exceeds 1.3 mbps at any time of day and its almost uninterrupted.
    But when i come to india for holidays i have to use 512 mbps internet which is a bitch! Iam never have to wait for anything to buffer and i dont have to manage my upload download here in ukraine but in india its painstakingly labourious..
    I think ISP providers are pocketig a lot of money by overpricing us..Seeing how big the difference is,i think they have already made a fortune out ISP over pricing..Why dont we get good internet speed at cheaper prices?

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    Sumit // July 2nd, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Hi people,
    I am from Kolkata and I am quite astounded to hear all of your bandwidth horrors.
    But I must say that I have been lucky as per as Broadband is concerned. Out here
    we have Wishnet inc which is installed and serviced by local cable people and bandwidth
    is provided by wishnet. Not all cable people are good quite are very arrogant in areas
    where people have no choices. But out here in Kolkata we have 3 sub-isp (wishnet, alliance
    and Tata) all run in the similar manner. I was initially with Aliance broadband for almost 2 years
    having 256 kbps pack. But due to service delays I moved to a bigger cable organization (under wishnet). I chose the Pack 512 kbps and the speed was consistent upto 64 kbps and after seeing the good service around 1.5 years back I upgraded to 2 MBPS unlimited for which the wishnet rate is 2200 but the local guy charges around 500 bucks more for service and maintenance. And I had absolutely no problem paying extra since their service was great except for few request timed out or network cable unplugged glitches. Total amount rounded was 2750 Rs. I got upto 300 kbps download speed and youtube videos played at 360,480 and 720 p that is HD quality without any buffering. Only 1080p had little buffering since it requires 4 mbps or above connection. This is a recent speedtest.net report of my wishnet connection (2.58 mbps download speed meant in speedtest.net around 258 kbps and similar).
    Due to good relations with the cable people last month I have been provided a fibreoptic cable direct from their office to my home so no switches involved no coaxial cables. It cost them around 12000 for them but since I am a big customer I was not charged a single penny and in fibreoptic no matter what happned rains,heat, unless there is a server error on their side otherwise the connection will not be disrupted. This is pic link for my speedtest.net result :http://i54.tinypic.com/2hz3eis.png.So I have been indeed lucky with my internet and I have heard that Wishnet is introducing 4MBPS unlimited package so I am going to take it. And the best part is there is no F***ing Fair usage policy, its absolutely unlimited. My bandwidth usage in last 2 months has been almost 80gb which consisted of watching huge amount of streaming videos,downloading pc games,movies etc. So wish you all the best for you people.
    Wishnet *****( 5 star)
    Alliance *** (3 star)
    Airtel ***
    Reliance NC **
    Tata Photon plus ***

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    Chanchal // December 4th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    @Sumit, I am from Kolkata too and I have experience with local ISPs like Wishnet, Alliance, Meghbela etc. because I have used all of their connection at one point of time or another. But problem with these local ISPs is that they don’t have their own distribution center or what you call infrastructure and hence they depend on local cable operators to distribute their connection to customers. Since local cable operators mostly take connection from only one of these ISPs, you cannot choose whom to subscribe to. You have to take whichever ISP they take connection from. So even if everyone in Kolkata wants Wishnet because of their cheap plans, its not possible for all.

    I myself was a customer of Wishnet for a few months when my cablewallah used to take their connection but you know these cablewallahs, they are always looking for ISPs with whom they can have bigger profit margins, and that’s why they switched to Siti which is some new unknown ISPs launched in Kolkata recently.

    Alliance is not bad but their plans are expensive compared to BSNL and Reliance. Meghbela is the worst ISP in probably whole of India. Airtel is pure rubbish if you are a downloaders as they have very low Fair usage limits.

    At the end of the day, I am happy with my local cablewallah’s net. Paying Rs.2200 for a true 2mbps Unlimited connection, can’t ask for more. How local ISPs perform depend much on the local cablewallahs. If they invest in good quality CAT5 cables and switches and inverters, then your experience will be amazing but it can be your worst nightmare if their service is bad.

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    Ankit // December 6th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    “how frustating it is just waiting for a stupid download to finish-like a full day!”

    @Anurag, the problem is worse nowadays because HD 720p/1080p quality videos are the norm nowadays and since our speeds are the same as it was a decade ago, it now takes 2-3 whole days to download a 720p movie and 1080p takes a whole week.

    Despite the slow speeds, if the internet was atleast reliable, it would have a consolation but that’s not the case either. Frequent disconnection and low speed problems are faced by most Indians.

    People in other countries laugh at us when they hear of speeds like this.

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    John Main // February 7th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    At the present time i live in Goa but my home address is London UK. I have bought a Reliance Dongle so-called Broadband.Its advertised as 3.1 mbps but it averages out at around 300kbps.Big difference.
    At home i have Virgin Broadband.10 mbps unlimited download.Its going to upgraded in 3 weeks to 20/50 mbps.I pay £ 22 per month.£5.50 per week or 400 Rps a week.Reliance do not even have their own dedicated system but piggy back on the mobile phone net works in India.In the UK they would be prosecuted for making false advertising claims.The company would be required to issue an apology and pay loads and loads of money.Indian net users are being ripped off mega style.I cannot under stand why there hasnt been a demonstration against the blatant rip off being enacted by Indian Internet Companies.They are literally printing money and not providing anything in return.

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    Yashodhan // March 24th, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    As a web developer brought up abroad, I’m finding it really hard to enjoy living in India. I’m here for 6 months and contemplating moving here permanently, but my only concern is the internet connection. I’ve already suffered through the <2mbps internet speed phenomenon in the early 2000s, and being in India today it feels that I'm back there.

    Unfortunately, my computing habits have evolved from living in a country where 20-50+ mbps internet speed is the norm. It's really frustrating browsing the web at such slow speeds, especially when my job is 100% internet-based. The dirt, the chaos, the corruption.. all those facets of India I can handle, but not the internet speed. It's 2012, really time India got its act together and started playing with the big boys.

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    Anjan // March 24th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Seriously, why would you want to move back to India when life is so good outside?

    Internet in India is still as pathetic as it was back in 2000. Things will never change because no ISP is interested in making the big investment and upgrading their infrastructure. Just look at BSNL, they still have the same 256kbps and 512kbps unlimited plans. This is 2012 and there is still no 1 mbps unlimited plans. No wonder the whole world is laughing at us with their 50mbps and 100mbps plans.

    BSNL supposedly introduced 100 mbps connection recently but at Rs.84k (~1640 USD) per month, I am sure we can all afford that after selling off our land and house.

    Airtel introduced some high speed plans upto 16mbps but their ridiculous FUP makes them worthless. 25/50gb download limit, seriously? Its like driving a Ferrari with a 1L capacity diesel tank. Its over before you even know it.

    And I think its useless to even talk about other ISPs like Tata, Reliance, Tikona etc. They are so crappy, have such ridiculous price/plans and customer care is so pathetic, that considering them “broadband” is a joke.

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    abhijitrucks // March 29th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    true… true…
    thank god that bsnl has doubled their bandwidth…

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    Jaan // June 4th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    ACT has a good deal. 50GB download @10Mbps FOR Rs1000 per month. Never ever going back to Airtel or BSNL.

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    Rahul Patil // June 27th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I lived abroad for 6 years where my internet speed was unlimited 10 mbps for about 460 indian rupees. I had the option to change to 100 mbps for 700 indian rupees! Now I am not here to whine about our condition in India but seriously, Internet companies are ripping us off guy’s..
    With my 10 mbps there was hardly anything left for me to download in 2 weeks of starting internet..
    Internet providers are paying off ministers to keep the speeds down I think.. There must be demonstrations all over India, INTERNET IS NOT A LUXURY ANYMORE,IT HAS BECOME A NECESSITY OF OUR TIME!

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